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Identification FAQ

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Any person who disputes any information on the criminal history record may challenge the accuracy and completeness of the record. Disputes can be taken directly to the arresting agency, or a “record challenge” may be conducted at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). To challenge a record, first obtain a copy of the criminal history record from CBI. Once the criminal history record has been obtained and discrepancies are detected, a challenge of any of those discrepancies may be conducted by presenting, in person, a copy of the CBI criminal history record in question and a driver’s license or government issued photo ID to CBI. Fingerprints will be taken from the person contesting an arrest record and compared within the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

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The CBI does not release arrest warrant information. Arrest warrant information may be released by the law enforcement agency issuing the warrant. An additional source for arrest warrant information is the Colorado Judicial Department’s website www.cocourts.com.

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Information regarding court docket and / or disposition information is displayed on the criminal history record by the State Judicial Department. Disposition information is posted to the criminal history record at the time the case reaches a conclusion, or finding to the charges.

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"Criminal justice agency" means any court with criminal jurisdiction and any agency of the state, county, or city which performs any activity directly relating to the detection or investigation of crime; the apprehension, pretrial release, post trial release, prosecution, correctional supervision, rehabilitation, evaluation, or treatment of accused persons or criminal offenders; or criminal identification activities or the collection, storage, or dissemination of arrest and criminal records information.

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Sexual offender registration information will appear on a criminal history when the individual is currently required to register as a sexual offender pursuant to statute. Once the individual no longer maintains this registration requirement, the sexual offender notification on the criminal history will be removed. For additional information regarding the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) website containing information pertaining to individuals who are required to register as a sexual offender, in accordance to Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S) 18-3-412, please refer to the CBI website at: www.sor.state.co.us or call (303) 239-4222.

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Department of Corrections (DOC) “Incarceration Sentence” on the criminal history record is not a new charge, or arrest information on the criminal history record. This will display on a criminal history when a person receives a sentence to the DOC and fingerprint information is received by the CBI from the DOC.

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In accordance with Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S) 19-1-301, the records of law enforcement or criminal justice agencies concerning juveniles and including identifying information, shall be identified as juvenile records and shall not be inspected by or disclosed to the general public. The only juvenile records released to the public are those juveniles which have been criminally charged as an adult. DUI and minor traffic violations are releasable if the juvenile is over 16 years of age at the time of offense. Information on criminal records regarding juvenile registered sex offenders, are record types released to the general public.